We had the pleasure of viewing the Mardi Gras parade from the balcony of this historic hotel. The Jefferson Hotel seems to be encased within a Victorian time capsule! (pictures 2-3)
This structure began its life as a cotton warehouse, but was converted to a hotel in the early 1900's. It was known as the Crystal Palace during the "flapper days" of the 1920's.
All twenty-five rooms seem to be simply, but authentically furnished, each having its own bathroom. Its location is smack dab in the middle of the main street, convenient to antique shops and restaurants and Mardi Gras Parade route.
We paid $5 each to enjoy the parade from its iron balcony--a small amount to be sure considering the fun we had from this perch!
UPDATE: On our most recent visit we had lunch at *Lamache's Italian Restaurant, which is located off the lobby of the hotel. You'll be treated to the best bowl of Minestone Soup you've probably ever tasted--order it as a first course!
(picture 4) *Lamache's Italian Restaurant serves lunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am-2:00pm and dinners Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 5:00 p.m-9:00 p.m.
Not many places can boast hosting the likes of Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, Oscar Wilde and Lady Bird Johnson. The Excelsior House lodged many famous travelers since the 1850's and continues to offer rooms to those who travel to Jefferson, Texas.
The hotel sits close to the historic town center and its wonderfully restored buildings. One step inside and you experience what it must have been like to live in the hey-day of this busy riverboat town. The lobby is comfortable and refined, with polished woodwork and antique furnishings (picture 2).
A pretty fountain bubbles in the tidy courtyard, where one can relax and enjoy a peaceful moment to plan your next activity (picture 3).
Prices begin at $119 and feature period-style rooms with lovely antique furnishings.
We lodged at Scarlett O'Hardy's on our second visit to Jefferson and were treated like royalty. We lodged in Aunt Pittypat's room, one of five romantically furnished rooms in this B&B modeled after the antebellum mansion from Gone With The Wind.
Although this B&B was constructed in modern days, it resembles the Old South in it's decor. Lavish furnishings and bright, highly detailed wallpaper blend to create a lovely ambience. The owner, Bobbie Hardy was a vivacious host!
Each morning we'd be called to the dining room for a sumptuous breakfast. One morning we were served Stuffed French Toast with Crispy Bacon Strips, Muffins, OJ and Fruit Soup. Our last morning we sampled Sausage Roll-ups, Mini Muffins, Fresh Fruit Salad, OJ and an Egg Casserole. Breakfasts were fantastic!
Bobbie's passion for the movie, Gone With The Wind, led her to create a museum containing many objects and collectibles from and related to the film. The museum sits to one side in a separate building and very interesting to tour.
An elegant B&B with first class treatment
We lodged in Aunt Pittypat's room at Scarlett O'Hardy's. The massive carved bed and graceful period style furnishings established the fact that this was a room which was beautiful, as well as, a cozy oasis. I felt completely whisked away to another age!
However, as a nod to the times, a small tv was perched on a piece of furniture near the bed. Plantation shutters kept the room adequately darkened against the early morning light.
I loved the claw-footed tub in the roomy bathroom. It reminded me of the one we had in our 130 year old Pennsylvania house! We've already signed up to return in December for another Historic House Tour, but we're on the waiting list...so I hope it works out!
*Aunt Pittypat's room at this time was $135 per night.
Excelsior House was built in the 1850's by riverboat captain William Perry. The brick and timber structure has a total of 13 guest rooms and each is supposedly furnished in exquisite period furniture. It is currently owned and operated by the Jessie Allen Wise Garden Club who made the purchased in 1961. Volunteers spent thousands of hours restoring the hotel to its former place as a focal point for social functions. The ballroom and dining room each feature large French chandeliers and Oriental rugs. There are marble mantles, two lovely pianos, beautiful oil paintings and antiques.
New Jefferson Hotel is not new at all and was built in 1851. It has been restored to is original Victorian charm right in the heart of Jefferson's Riverfront District. Aside from the old world charm, there are suites available with Jacuzzi's or fireplaces. All 24 rooms have private baths.
My girlfriend and I stayed overnight at the Jefferson while on a Texas-Arkansas road trip. Beautiful place filled with old world charm. Antiques and old photos in the halls. We are members of a paranormal group, so there was an underlying reason...the stories of hauntings and ghost sightings. We checked into Room 19 (supposedly one of the most haunted), used IR and standard recording equipment, recorded all night long but did not turn up anything earth-shaking. However, the Jefferson was a great place to stay regardless of anything paranormal.
A really cool place, creaky and old but with a ton of charm and class. We would definitely stay here again.
The Jefferson Hotel is an authentic piece of history. It was originally known as the Crystal Palace, and was a primetime location in the 1920s for the Riverboats to stop and drop off passengers. Each room has a different price, so check the website for current pricing. The room is closer to a B&B than a traditional hotel, but was comfortable. The higher the room number, the further down the hall you are, so if you are a light sleeper, do not stay in 1-6. I can sleep through anything, so room 4 was fine for me, but Sarah was a little stirred by people. There is supposed to be a 10pm noise ordinance, but that is hard to enforce. We also received 15% off the excellent LaMarche Restaurant downstairs.
Supposedly, some rooms are haunted. We did not have any extra guests in our room.
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